From History Today, globalization in the making: Neil Cossons describes how factory methods gave rise to a worldwide marketplace; Jean-Francois Mouhot traces a link between climate change and slavery; and one of the most popular ways in which to view the history of the modern world is through the prism of colonialism. The primacy of perception in the era of communication: An essay on Maurice Merleau-Ponty. From Fast Company, an interview with Sims creator Will Wright on what's wrong with Grand Theft Auto, the dearth of women in gaming, and the value of his empire; and mountains of cash, beautiful women, and a nonstop round-the-world party; life was good for Calvin Ayre, founder of the online gambling powerhouse Bodog — then he was gone. A review of On Life After Death by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. A review of Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City by Mark Kingwell (and more). No, really, that wasn't me: Danit Brown on three dangers of writing about sex. Thoreau's worst nightmare: Are the new ascetics masters of self-denial or just self-promotion? Abortion, the moral stalemate: How do we come to policy decisions about issues that stir people’s most elemental emotions? Paul Gottfried on the decline and rise of the alternative Right. Here are 11 stamp stories worth retelling. An excerpt from Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal.
From Bitch, an article on the ambition condition: Women, writing, and the problem of success; multiply and conquer: How to have 17 children and still believe in Jesus; factory girl: Dora the Explorer and the dirty secrets of the global industrial economy; an article on deconstructing bunk reporting in 5 easy steps; paging through feminism’s lost & found classics; and are eating disorders the Lavender Menace of the fat acceptance movement? From The Futurist, an article on the 21st-century writer; here are ten forecasts for 2009 and beyond; a review of The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth; a review of The Coming Convergence: The Surprising Ways Diverse Technologies Interact to Shape Our World and Change the Future by Stanley Schmidt; and a review of Technology’s Promise: Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business and Society by William E. Halal. A review of The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America by Robert Scheer. How should Obama use his millions of online supporters now that he's won? George Packer on the lessons of Mumbai. From Entelechy, Simon Baron-Cohen on the biology of the imagination. A look at how unconscious mechanisms affect thought.
From Vanity Fair, an article on the complex connections — political, intellectual, and romantic — behind the ineffably stylish world of Pat and Bill Buckley; and the Man in the Rockefeller Suit: By snatching his seven-year-old daughter from her mother’s custody, after a bitter divorce, the man calling himself Clark Rockefeller blew the lid off a lifelong con game which had culminated with his posing as a scion of the famous dynasty. From UN Dispatch, Susan Rice on the root causes of conflict. Are we really ready for life without American cars? Chris Hedges on confronting the terrorist within. From The Exiled, the real junk is inside National Geographic: Why drug addiction isn’t that bad. When Richard Cheney exits his undisclosed location next month, he will probably be the last major figure in American life to answer to the name "Dick". A review of Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population by Matthew Connelly and Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction by Amy Laura Hall. A review of The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? by Gerald N. Rosenberg. A review of Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life by Robin Wilson. More on The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies by Bert Holldobler and E.O. Wilson (and an excerpt).
From The New Yorker, how do we hire when we can’t tell who’s right for the job? Malcolm Gladwell investigates (and more on Outliers); and team of brainiacs: Lauren Collins on a bad week for the Ivy League. From New York, short-seller Jim Chanos, whose hedge fund is up 50 percent, is having the time of his life; and more women are drinking, and the women who drink are drinking more, in some cases matching their male peers — this is the kind of equality nobody was fighting for; and who will bail out the publishers? How Random House is like General Motors. Fought over any good books lately? Book club trouble often has little to do with books. The Oddball Know-It-All: Paul Collins writes in praise of George Herter — mail-order genius, rustic self-help poet, All-American crank. How Detroit's lost clout in Washington may actually help the auto industry. From Wired, how a rogue geologist discovered a diamond trove in the Canadian Arctic; an article on digging for diamonds 24/7 under frozen Snap Lake, and a look at how DeBeers digs deep for diamonds. The Mathematical Tourist Ivars Peterson on improved pancake sorting, on Stooges statistics; a fractal in Bach's Cello Suite; and random walks to football rankings. The Numbers Guy writes in defense of the BCS computers. A look at what the rise of Southern football says about America.